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Pilgrim Legacy started it

It was Daniel Webster, the famous orator and Massachusetts Senator, who in a speech commemorating the 200th anniversary of the landing at Plymouth Rock first coined the word “Pilgrim.”

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A Requiem for Mitt Romney

No, no one died, and life, for the candidate, will go on.  He fought well, he fought hard, and he lost.  That happens.  

He is also a decent and honorable man.  But, election night was probably the last chapter in Mitt Romney’s political biography.  Though I didn’t vote for him, almost exclusively for reasons of political philosophy, Mitt Romney isn’t someone I dislike.  In fact, I like him.  He is affable, good natured, highly intelligent, and a leader.  His political credentials are impeccable.  

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Rome’s Cincinnatus was the model for our first veterans

Like a lot of figures from Ancient Rome what we know about Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus is based more on legend than it is historical fact. We know he was born in 519 BCE and he became a prominent figure in Roman political life. He was a gifted leader and a talented military commander, but he always considered himself first and foremost a

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Obama’s not-so secret weapon: get out the vote

There is nothing new in saying that election 2012 is probably going to be close. Mitt Romney, following the first debate, has surged from a lagging position to nearly even with or slightly ahead of the President. Romney anchored his lead in North Carolina, drew closer in Iowa, secured a lead in Florida, and has pushed Virginia from a position of leans Obama, to leans Romney. The Romney campaign, justifiably, is enthused and excited. However, as long as it remains too close to call, the President and his campaign, thanks to a not so secret weapon, probably still have an edge.

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Virginia is not a place for second chances

Virginia isn’t known for giving its candidates for high office a second chance. This seems to be a uniquely Virginia tradition. Other states, whether in Ohio, California or New York have had many successful statewide office holders who ran, then lost, but came back to win another day. In other words, comebacks aren’t uncommon. But, that rarely happens in the Commonwealth. Once a candidate has lost a bid for a statewide office comebacks are rare. 

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The Romney Comeback

Richard Nixon is a ghost most Republicans, those that even remember him (and a few, like me, who remember him fondly), would like to forget.  But, say what you will about him, he knew a lot about running for President.  No other person, with the exception of FDR, has been on a national ballot as many times as Nixon.  That’s why, long after he resigned, GOP nominees regularly sought out his advice.  Even Democrat George McGovern, who lost to Nixon in 1972, while considering another run for President in 1976 talked to his former adversary about his prospects.  Nixon had a lot of advice, but to prospective party nominees, it was simple, “run to the right to get the nomination, secure your base, and then run to the middle in the general election.”  Nixon died almost twenty years ago, but his candid advice, still carries weight. 

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